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7 June 1909 (USA) See more »
In the little Italian city of Cremona there dwelt Taddeo Ferrari, a violin maker and student of Andrea Amati... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Herbert Prior ... Taddeo Ferrari

Mary Pickford ... Giannina, Taddeo's Daughter

Owen Moore ... Sandro
David Miles ... Filippo, the Cripple
Harry Solter ... The Judge
Marion Leonard ... The Judge's Companion
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Avery ... Worker / In Crowd
Clara T. Bracy
John R. Cumpson ... In Crowd
Arthur V. Johnson ... In Crowd

Violet Mersereau ... In Crowd
Anthony O'Sullivan ... Worker

Mack Sennett ... In Crowd

Directed by
D.W. Griffith 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
François Coppée  story
Frank E. Woods  writer

Cinematography by
G.W. Bitzer 

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10 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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This is said to have been Mary Pickford's first credited film. Although it is unclear if she had been background in earlier Biograph films.See more »
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2 by Griffith, 29 February 2008
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Violin Maker of Cremona, The (1909)

** (out of 4)

Griffith short about a violin contest where the winner gets to marry a young girl (Mary Pickford). Here's another failed attempt at comedy from the director. I've seen around six or seven of these comedies and he just doesn't seem comfortable.

What Drink Did (1909)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Another Griffith drama showing the abuse of alcohol. A man goes out drinking with his buddies while his family waits for him at home. When he finally goes home he's drunk and abusive but this doesn't stop him from going back to drink. This is a good film but my God did Griffith go way, way, way over the top in trying to get his message across. The over-dramatic situation at the end almost wants to make you laugh. Mary Pickford makes an early (and brief) appearance here.

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